The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

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"From bestselling author Dave Eggers, the incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen's central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country's rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101971444
Characteristics: xiii, 327 pages : map ; 23 cm


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May 02, 2018

Well-written and readable, this account of a Yemani American and his quest to market Yeman coffee hard to put down. All I knew about Yeman is based on the news…and that’s not good. How after going through all he did, all the dangers all the red tape and dealing with farmers, I want to go find some of Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s coffee.

Mar 26, 2018

Eggers takes the reader on an unusual and intriguing journey of a young wanna be coffee trader hoping to bring Yemen back as the original inventors of coffee. I loved the can do attitude of Moshka and the almost insane ability to escape, closely, from the civil war in Yemen to see him return to his beginnings in San Fransisco where he started as a "doorman" otherwise called the Lobby Ambassador. In one rare escape Eggers writes " His first experience with any watercraft was going to be in a tiny skiff leaving Yemen in the middle of a civil war....They were carrying the first coffee to leave the port of Mokha in eighty years." I love coffee but this book takes it to a level unheard of.


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